What's a student-staffed writing center?
A student-staffed writing center is a place where high school writers work with each other in an effort to develop ideas, discover a thesis, overcome procrastination, create an outline, or revise a draft. Ultimately, writing centers help students become more effective writers. Writing centers come in all shapes and sizes; some WCenters have big budgets and their own rooms while others operate out of the back of a teacher's classroom or in the back corner of the library/media center. All WCenters have the potential to improve writing at a high school.
Secondary School Writing Center Association (SSWCA) is a national network of secondary school writing centers directed by an elected Executive Board made up of writing center directors and tutors whose mission is to build community among, promote advocacy for, and support development of secondary school writing centers.
Why have a student-staffed WCenter?
Click to enlarge.
"Maybe in a perfect world, all writers would have their own ready auditor—a teacher, a classmate, a roommate, an editor—who would not only listen but draw them out, ask them questions they would not think to ask themselves. A writing center is an institu-tional response to this need." —Stephen North
“The Idea of a Writing Center”